Most Large SUVs Aren’t That Reliable According to Consumer Reports

Out of all the vehicle classes, you could say that large SUVs present the most capabilities and weaknesses. The highlights are that large SUVs have the most power and space. However, they’re gas guzzlers and can be challenging to maneuver. And as you shop around, you’ll see that many full-size SUVs have unimpressive reliability ratings.

Consumer Reports updates its list of the most reliable vehicles, and some of the most popular SUVs don’t make the cut. CR establishes a car’s reliability rating based on survey responses from owners and potential vehicle trouble spots. The only full-size SUVs the org official recommends for the current model year are the Ford Expedition and the Toyota Sequoia; the rest, not so much. 

2021 Chevrolet Suburban 

The new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban High Country is shown on stage after it was revealed by General Motors at Little Caesars Arena
The Chevy Suburban | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Like the other models on this list, CR gave the redesigned 2021 Chevy Suburban a two out of five for predicted reliability, a below-average score. CR typically grades models in their first redesign year with lower dependability scores because they are practically brand-new vehicles, which can be especially problematic.

CR listed more cons to the 2021 Suburban than pros. The team didn’t like the SUV’s braking performance, lack of agility, poor fuel economy, and hampered visibility. Still, CR acknowledges that this Chevy is an American icon ideal for hauling up to eight people and heavy cargo. 

2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL 

A 2021 GMC Yukon AT4 driving on sandy terrain
The 2021 GMC Yukon in action | Photo via GMC

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The 2021 GMC Yukon and the slightly larger Yukon XL models are closely related to the Suburban. That said, the Yukon lineup shares some of the same highs and lows with its Chevy cousin. CR specifically wasn’t a fan of the Yukon XL’s gear-selector or high step-in. What you may like is that the Yukon lineup shares the same powerful 5.3-liter V8 engine that the Suburban has. Plus, the Yukon provides a tranquil and roomy interior. 

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe

2021 Chevy Tahoe LS with the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel
2021 Chevy Tahoe LS with the 3.0L Duramax Turbo-Diesel | Chevrolet

Keeping it in the family, the Tahoe is basically the Yukon’s twin. Aside from its subpar reliability score, there’s a lot to like about the redesigned 2021 Tahoe. CR noted that the new generation of the Tahoe is more refined thanks to its independent rear suspension. Another bright spot is that the Tahoe remains secure even as you turn tough corners. 

2020 Nissan Armada 

A dark blue 2020 Nissan Armada driving down a city street
The 2020 Nissan Armada in action | Photo via Nissan

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Nissan’s Armada currently sits at the bottom of the CR’s list of large SUVs. The Armada’s low position reflects its below-average predicted reliability and owner satisfaction scores. There are a few things that have stopped the Armada from being more popular with buyers.

As CR called out, the Armada is one of the clumsier models in the full-size SUV class. The team even went as far as to say that this Nissan feels like a “bloated land yacht.” This particular flaw can diminish a driver’s confidence. Conversely, CR appreciates the Armada’s smooth 5.6-liter V8 engine and plush interior. The Armada is also a decent choice if you want upscale amenities at a discounted price.